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Marengo 08-16-2007 05:08 PM

Stadholder Willem V, Princess Wilhelmina and family
Willem V Batavus, Prince of Nassau-Dietz, Prince of Orange, Stadholder of the Netherlands (The Hague 8 Mar 1748-Braunschweig 9 Apr 1806); m.Berlin 4 Oct 1767 Wilhelmine Princess of Prussia (Berlin 7 Aug 1751-Het Loo 9 Jun 1820)

Parents Willem V: Stadholder Willem IV of the United Provinces and Princess Anna of Great-Britain, Ireland and Hannover, Princess Royal

Parents Wilhelmina: Prince August-Wilhelm of Prussia and Duchess Luise of Brunswick-Luneburg

Children Willem V and Wilhelmina: Duchess Louise of Brunswick, King Willem I of The Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Prince Frederik of Orange-Nassau

Siblings Willem V: Princess Karolina of Nassau-Weilburg, Princess Anna of Orange-Nassau

Siblings Wilhelmina: King Friedrich-Wilhelm II, Prince Friedrich Heinrich Karl and Prince Georg Carl Emil of Prussia

Marengo 08-30-2007 06:35 AM

William V Batavus, stadtholder of The Netherlands (March 8, 1748 – April 9, 1806), also known as William V of Orange, was the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic. He was the leader of the conservative faction.

William V was born at The Hague, the son of William IV of Orange-Nassau and Anne, Princess Royal.
He was only 3 years old when his father died in 1751. William V assumed the position of stadtholder (chief executive and military commander) in 1766 after a long regency. His regents were:
  • Anne, his mother, from 1751 to her death in 1759
  • Marie Louise, his grandmother, from 1759 to her death in 1765
  • Carolina, his sister (who at the time was an adult 22, while he was still a minor at 17), from 1765 to William's majority in 1766
In October 1767 Prince William married Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia, sister of King Frederick William II of Prussia.
The position of the Dutch during the American Revolution was one of neutrality. William V, leading the pro-English faction within the government, blocked attempts by pro-revolutionary, and later pro-French, elements to drag the government to war. However, things came to a head with the Dutch attempt to join the Russian-led League of Armed Neutrality, leading to the outbreak of the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War in 1780. The United Provinces only recognized the United States in 1782, after much political debate and pressure from American and French diplomats.

Read the entire wikipedia article here.

Marengo 08-30-2007 06:38 AM

Wilhelmina of Prussia, born Frederika Sophia Wilhelmina, (7 August 1751 – 9 June 1820) was the daughter of Augustus William, Prince of Prussia and Louise Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

On 4 October 1767, Wilhelmina was married to William V of Orange, the last Dutch Stadtholder. She was a proud woman and very politically ambitious. When revolution broke out in the Netherlands and William moved his court to Guelders, she attempted to travel back to the capital at the Hague. On June, 28th she was stopped, waiting at Goejanverwellesluis for a decision and at the end of the day sent back to William in Nijmegen.
She and her royal brother, King Frederick William II of Prussia, only for a year in power, perceived this as an insult, and Frederick attacked the Dutch Republic on 13 september 1787.

Read the entire wikipedia article here.

Marengo 09-01-2007 03:51 PM

Frederica Louise Wilhelmina, Princess of Orange-Nassau (28 November 1770 - 15 October 1819). Married Karl Georg August, Prince of Brunswick-Luneburg, a son of Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg and Princess Augusta Charlotte of Wales.

Marengo 09-01-2007 03:52 PM I of the Netherlands (25 August 1772 - December 12, 1843). He has a thread of his own, which can be found here.

Marengo 09-01-2007 03:52 PM

Willem George Frederik, Prince of Orange-Nassau (15 February 1774 - 6 January 1799).

Marengo 09-01-2007 07:42 PM

At Goejanverwellesluis Princess Wilhelmina was arrested by the anti-Orangist Patriot party, She was kept in a house for a while and than ordered not to go to The Hague but return to Nijmegen. After this she appealed to her brother for help and the Prussian armies came to repress the revolution and the family could return to The Hague. The Prussian armies couldn´t protect them form Napoleon and the family had to flee to London in a fishermans boat.

A drawing of the arrst of Princess Wilhelmina, made around that time and a schoolplate from the late fifties of the same arrest:

Marengo 09-02-2007 02:30 PM

Another one of Goejanverwellesluis. The arrest was a major shock in The Netherlands:

Marengo 09-02-2007 02:55 PM

Willem V had a zoo at Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague. After the French troops occupied th Netherlands they took the animals to Paris, including the favourite elephant of the Prince who quickly died there. Here a drwa5ng 6f the arrival of the animals in Paris:

Marengo 09-02-2007 02:58 PM

An enormous portrait of Princess Wilhelmina:

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:02 PM

Wilhelmina on a horse. She was always a forcefull woman, trying to get her weak husband to act.

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:03 PM

Willem V and his son, the future King Willem I:

Princess Wilhelmina and her son Frederik:

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:04 PM

Willem V Batavus as a child:

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:04 PM

More of Willem V:

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:06 PM

The couples daughter Princess Louise:

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:07 PM

Another painting of Louise, already Duchess of Brunswick:

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:09 PM

Louise never warmed up to her husbands family and court. After her husband died she left Brunswick to live with her mother, princess Wilhelmina. After the Oranje-Nassau´s were restaured to power in The Netherlands the two of them settled at Pavillion Welgelegen in Haarlem.

Here another image of Louise and one of her husband, Duke Karl I of Brunswick:

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:11 PM

A painting of Prince Frederik of Oranje-Nassau. He was about to get engaged with Pricness Sofia of Great-Britain, daughter of King George III when he died.

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:12 PM

Some paintings of the siblings together:

Marengo 09-02-2007 03:13 PM

And a painting of the entire family:

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